The fall in commodities has meant the value of oil and gas company bonds has fallen by more than $150bn (£105.1bn) since June 2014.
Philippe Zaouati explains the unique qualities of the asset class
US - Institutional investors rebalancing their portfolios following recent market volatility have leaned towards investments in high-dividend equities, active emerging markets and selective commodities, officials at J.P. Morgan Asset Management find....
Juan Carlos Artigas, investment research manager at the World Gold Council, makes a case for gold as an independent asset class.
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UK - Investors should stock their portfolio with 5% gold in order to best overcome the effects of both inflation and deflation, according to new research by Oxford Economics. World Gold Council.
US - The Fresno County Employees Retirement Association has approved a new asset mix which increases allocations to international large-cap equities, emerging markets equities, TIPS and commodities.
PERU - AFP Integra SA, manager of Peru's second-largest private pension fund, plans to increase investment in smaller mining companies as well as the consumer goods industry as growth in returns from Peruvian stocks slows.
With more pension funds looking to invest in commodities in a bid to diversify away from equities, Mark Goode talks to experts about potential investment opportunities, and how emerging markets are fuelling growth
US - The number of new mandates placed by US institutional investors increased 16% in 2010 with a sharp increase seen in specialist mandates like real assets, commodities and other alternatives.
As we enter a new world order, where market volatility and economic uncertainty have made effective risk management imperative, trustees face a difficult set of decisions and new challenges, writes Juan Carlos Artigas of the World Gold Council
EUROPE - More than half of pension trustees perceive commodities as a less risky investment following the credit crunch, according to research commissioned by Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM).
MEXICO - Mexico may allow pension funds, the nation's biggest institutional investors, to tap global commodities that are trading at near two-year highs.
Railpen has appointed Schroder NewFinance Capital to manage a £80m mandate for its commodity portfolio.
Threadneedle has launched an actively managed commodities fund.
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea's National Pension Service, the nation's biggest investor, said an asset manager which is bidding for a US oil pipeline approached it about possible investment.
US - The California State Teachers' Retirement System, the second-biggest US public pension fund, agreed to begin investing in commodities as a hedge against inflation and to buffer losses in equities.
GLOBAL - Tectona G Capital and Investment Managers, GlobalReach Securities has launched a timber fund that could draw between US$130m - $200m of institutional money, the firm said.
IRELAND - Commodities can exceed equity returns over time while providing a good source of diversification in a scheme portfolio, Hermes head of commodities Colin O'Shea said.
Commodities can exceed equity returns over time while providing a good source of diversification in a scheme portfolio, Hermes head of commodities Colin O'Shea says.
Rozanna Wozniak, investment research manager at the World Gold Council, looks at how gold offers a secure foundation for recovery strategies in the wake of the economic crisis
Raquel Pichardo-Allison speaks to Anthony Rochte of State Street Global Advisors to discuss how gold can aid pension funds' investments
Helen Morrissey explores the allure of gold as a diversifying tool
EUROPE - Exchange traded funds tracking commodities and hedge fund indices are the best placed to receive new inflows this year, a survey by db x-trackers revealed.